Anti-bullying week 2015
YOUNG people are being encouraged to ‘Make a Noise about Bullying’ during this years Anti-Bullying Week whether it is happening to them or to someone else.
Local charity Youth Trust is raising awareness of bullying during the week (16-20th November 2015) and understands that almost 3 in every 10 young people in the Isle of Man aged 11 to 18 experience some form of bullying each year with name calling, appearance and social exclusion being among the top offenders.
Martin Macfarlane, Director of Youth Trust said ‘For many young people this is a difficult topic to talk about but one that can have a huge impact on their lives. The message I wish to send to those young people is you should not face this alone; try telling a friend, parent, carer, teacher, club worker or contact a support service such as Childline or BullyingUK.‘
‘In addition, anti-bullying week could be a great opportunity for parents and carers to have conversations with children about bullying – both as a way of preventing bullying, and to help children who are worried about bullying.’
The week is coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) and aims to empower children and young people to make a noise about bullying – whether it is happening to them or to someone else, face to face or online.
For more information about bullying and support services available to young people visit http://www.youth.im/.